Ken Doherty continued his early season resurgence as he made the last 16 of the third players tour championship event of the season.
The former world champion made the semi-finals of the Australian Open last month and furthered his good form in Sheffield.
The former world number two beat Martin O’Donnell, Jamie O’Neill and Jamie Cope to make the fourth round and the Irish favourite meets Ben Woollaston for a place in the last eight.
The pick of the Last 16 encounters so far is the meeting between former UK champion Stephen Maguire and four-time ranking event winner Stephen Lee.
Former PTC winner Lee beat his practice partner Ben Harrison in a deciding frame thriller before ousting PTC 2 finalist Ding Junhui and Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen to book a place with Maguire in the round four.
Veteran Alan McManus enjoyed a resurgence in form to beat current Australian Open champion Stuart Bingham in a 4-0 drubbing and subsequently got rid of Marco Fu 4-2 to advance to the final day of the event.
McManus will face Joe Jogia in the Last 16 after the Englishman ousted the 2010 world champion Neil Robertson in an impressive 4-2 triumph.
Michael Holt added to his positive start to the campaign with a trio of wins over the professionals on the circuit and the Nottingham potter faces Anthony McGill in the next round after the Scotsman beat Premier League opening night victor Matthew Stevens for a place among the last 16.